Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
BETHESDA, MD — Abt SRBI, a public policy and market research firm, has been awarded a contract to model best practices in sustainability by The Rotary Foundation — the charitable arm of the humanitarian organization Rotary International — for its grant-making programs in health and education.
As part of the project, Abt SRBI will review best practices and recommend methodologies that can be used to assess the sustainability of The Rotary Foundation’s global grants in these fields. The project will involve multiple surveys, extensive document review, and qualitative interviews and focus groups in Honduras, Kenya and India. It is designed to uncover key factors in the grant life-cycle that are critical to long-term sustainability in community assistance projects in both basic education and literacy, as well as disease prevention and treatment.
“The Rotary Foundation is breaking new ground by modeling best practices in sustainability in these assistance areas with empirical program evidence. Abt SRBI is pleased to contribute its extensive knowledge of international assessment practices to the effort. The results should allow The Rotary Foundation to achieve long-term sustainability for more of the health and education projects in communities they are helping,” said Karl Feld, vice president of international research at Abt SRBI.
About Abt SRBI:
Abt SRBI, a leading public policy and market research organization, is a subsidiary of Abt Associates, a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Abt SRBI is headquartered in New York City, with offices in the Washington, D.C. area, Chicago, IL, Cambridge, MA, Fort Myers, FL, Durham, NC and other cities. www.srbi.com
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century. The first Rotary club was founded in Chicago in 1905.
The Rotary Foundation, under its new Future Vision plan, seeks to forge strategic partnerships with established organizations with expertise in any of Rotary’s six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development. The foundation grants support international Rotary projects with sustainable, high impact outcomes.
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Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.